LAPD Officer Critically Injured By DUI Driver

An LAPD motorcycle officer was injured in Sun Valley yesterday after his motorcycle was rear-ended by an unknown man driving a red SUV. The police officer was stopped at a red light when the other driver crashed into the back of the police motorcycle causing the officer to become pinned between two cars. The officer was rushed to a local hospital and described to be in critical condition from his injuries.

The driver was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of narcotics. The driver is in custody pending posting bail of $100,000. He will likely go to court on Tuesday for his arraignment.

DUI collisions are often excellent cases for personal injury lawyers for several reasons. First, when the wrongdoer is under the influence of alcohol, this means that the claim may warrant an award of punitive damages, or damages above and beyond those for normal pain and suffering and intended to punish the wrongdoer. An award or even the threat of an award of pain and suffering will often be enough to leverage a very favorable settlement with an insurance company even without the need to file a lawsuit.

Next, when someone is injured while at work, that may give rise to a worker's compensation claim. This may be instead of or in addition to a personal injury claim. The injured party, with the help of their skilled attorney can decide if the party should pursue one claim or the other or in some cases both claims at the same time. Worker's compensation claims are intended to compensate injured workers and get them paid for their injuries, lost work, and even permanent settlements for workers who cannot go back to work or cannot do the same work they used to perform. In some cases, settlements will even pay for future medical needs, job training or schooling and other expenses, as necessary.

If you or someone you love has been injured in DUI collision or has suffered any other type of injury, call us at the Valley Attorney Group. We can help you maximize your recovery.

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